Wednesday, October 7, 2009

You Don't Know Jack

A couple of weeks ago Stella came home and told me that she would like to commission a post about how great Jack's Discount Liquor (95th and I-35 in front of Sam's)is. She raved about her experience of shopping for wine. She was wandering through the wine aisles and one of the clerks came up to her and asked if he could help her. He asked her what she liked and he suggested a couple of wines for her which she brought home. She raved about his knowledge of wines, his customer service and everything else about the experience.

I filed this information in my head and was trying to come up with something to write about Jacks. Then, on Monday, I was told to go to the store and get some wine for our spaghetti and meatball dinner, preferably a zinfandel. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to go to Jack's myself (I already knew their beer selection is subpar, though they did have a bunch of Saison-Brett and Two Jokers). So I did.

Jack's is kind of a small liquor store that feels kind of crowded with inventory. They do have a good wine selection but no discernible classification system. For the most part the chardonnays were with the chardonnays and the shiraz with the shiraz except for when they weren't. I never quite figured it out and I was in there for 10 minutes trying to look confused to see if anybody would help me out. To be fair I did have over a week's worth of beard growth on my face and looked a little like a shiftless drifter who shaved that morning (a week's worth of beard for me = real man's 5 O'clock shadow). No one ever came over to help me.

I picked up a bottle of Artezin Zinfandel 2005 from Mendocino County and a Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough (Stella loves just about any Sauv Blanc from Marlborough). I've written on here that I'm not an expert on wines and I'm not, but I do know a little bit about wine and what I like. We've drank a lot of wine over the years together and have our favorites. The Artezin Zinfandel shot right onto the list of favorites. It was absolutely wonderful and a very nice pairing with the spaghetti and meatballs. For $14.99 it was quite the bargain too. The bottle didn't last the night. The Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc was also very good but not something I would encourage everyone to try.

So what started out in my head as a post about a liquor store's exceptional customer service turned into a wine recommendation. I think the service might be a little better for good looking women so if you're hot and female Jack's might be the place for you. If you're not hot and female then you might want to go elsewhere. But, you should get a bottle of Artezin Zinfandel if you're in a zin mood.


  1. I drive past Jack's at least twice a day. Arguably the closest liquor store to my house and easily the one I avoid going to the most.

  2. Like the Artezin Zin, as well, very fruit forward and full of flavor; mine was the 2007. And actually have never been in Jack's.

  3. Another Zin fan. In return for all the beer news let me recommend an inexpensive zin 'field blend' from winemaker Patrick Campbell of Laurel Glen. It's called REDS, should be $10-ish or less in KC. It's my 'house red', good stuff.